Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Two cup marked rocks forming part of a group of prominent rocks known as Raven Stones on Rocking Moor, 500m WSW of Brae

A Scheduled Monument in Thruscross, North Yorkshire

We don't have any photos of this monument yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 54.0181 / 54°1'4"N

Longitude: -1.8208 / 1°49'14"W

OS Eastings: 411840.446377

OS Northings: 458019.286507

OS Grid: SE118580

Mapcode National: GBR HPQZ.LD

Mapcode Global: WHC89.087J

Entry Name: Two cup marked rocks forming part of a group of prominent rocks known as Raven Stones on Rocking Moor, 500m WSW of Brae

Scheduled Date: 18 November 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015106

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29139

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Thruscross

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes two carved gritstone rocks, less than 1m apart. They are
situated on Rocking Moor, and are part of the prominent group known as
Raven Stones. They are 100m south west of the north west corner of Raven
Stones Plantation, in line with the north west wall of the plantation.
The southernmost rock is partly covered in vegetation. The visible part
measures 2.6m x 1.7m x 0.3m. The carving consists of 20-35 cups.
The northernmost rock measures 2.5m x 3m x 3m. The carving consists of three
cups at the north east side.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 5 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Prehistoric rock art is found on natural rock outcrops in many areas of upland
Britain. It is especially common in the north of England in Northumberland,
Durham and North and West Yorkshire. The most common form of decoration is the
`cup and ring' marking where expanses of small cup-like hollows are pecked
into the surface of the rock. These cups may be surrounded by one or more
`rings'. Single pecked lines extending from the cup through the `rings' may
also exist, providing the design with a `tail'. Other shapes and patterns also
occur, but are less frequent. Carvings may occur singly, in small groups, or
may cover extensive areas of rock surface. They date to the Late Neolithic and
Bronze Age periods (2800-c.500 BC) and provide one of our most important
insights into prehistoric `art'. The exact meaning of the designs remains
unknown, but they may be interpreted as sacred or religious symbols.
Frequently they are found close to contemporary burial monuments and the
symbols are also found on portable stones placed directly next to burials or
incorporated in burial mounds. Around 800 examples of prehistoric rock-art
have been recorded in England. This is unlikely to be a realistic reflection
of the number carved in prehistory. Many will have been overgrown or destroyed
in activities such as quarrying. All positively identified prehistoric rock
art sites exhibiting a significant group of designs will normally be
identified as nationally important.

The carvings on these rocks survive well and form an important part of the
prehistoric landscape of the Skyreholme area, where there is a group of rocks
which are outliers from the denser concentrations north of the River Wharfe,
further to the south east.

Source: Historic England

Other nearby scheduled monuments is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.